To celebrate National Healthy Eating Day, why not try a new fruit or veggie? My new favorite veggie at the moment is *jicama (pronounced “HIK-ah-mah”), which is also known as a Mexican turnip or yam bean. I first learned about jicama when I found it sold as pre-sliced strips at my favorite grocery store. You can find whole jicama in the produce aisle too—just make sure you peel it completely (see “Safety first” below). While jicama isn’t bursting with flavor on its own, it plays nice with other veggies and can serve as a light and crunchy snack. Plus, one cup of jicama has six grams of fiber and fewer than 50 calories. If you’re looking to step out of the same old, same old when it comes to your healthy eating plan, try these tips for enjoying jicama.
Toss it in a salad of kale, peeled oranges, avocado and your favorite salad dressing.
Serve it as a holiday appetizer. Growing up, bacon-wrapped water chestnuts were always a holiday staple. Try replacing water chestnuts with jicama for a new spin on this old favorite. And, yes, bacon can still be enjoyed in moderation as part of a healthy, balanced meal plan.
“Taco” bout tasty. Add chunks of jicama to your favorite tacos to make Taco Tuesday even better.
Try a zesty trio of jicama sticks, lime juice and chili powder. Make this your crunchy midday snack that can fill you up instead of weighing you down.
Switch up your usual veggie tray at your next holiday gathering by adding jicama sticks.
Do you have a favorite way to enjoy jicama or another favorite fall veggie? Tell me about it in the comments section!
*Safety first: Always peel jicama thoroughly to get to the fleshly edible part. The plant’s leaves are toxic.